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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ She studied choreography at the Royal School of Ballet.
▪ The splendid choreography was by Ann-Marie Brady.
▪ His choreography, on Broadway and in the film, was vivid, inventive.
▪ In part, the problem was his old one of forgetting choreography.
▪ MacLow develops a choreography based in part on chance for which he uses playing cards.
▪ Observation is the key to their choreography.
▪ The choreography remains a moment by moment response to the poems and, awkwardly, these themselves are not especially good.
▪ The audience sits mesmerised by his expressive choreography, watching each inflection of the hand or eyebrow.
▪ The nuns' harmonies and children's choreography are polished and effective.
▪ They were performing the choreography right, but something was missing.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Choregraphy \Cho*reg"ra*phy\, n. [Gr. ? dance + -graphy.] 1. The art of representing dancing by signs, as music is represented by notes; -- also called choreography.
--Craig. [Archaic]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1789, from French chorégraphie, coined from Latinized form of Greek khoreia "dance" (see chorus) + graphein "to write" (see -graphy). Related: Choreographic.


n. 1 The art of creating, arranging and recording the dance movements of a ballet etc. 2 The representation of these movements by a series of symbols. 3 The notation used to construct this record.

  1. n. a show involving artistic dancing [syn: stage dancing]

  2. the representation of dancing by symbols as music is represented by notes

  3. a notation used by choreographers


Choreography is the art or practice of designing sequences of movements of physical bodies (or their depictions) in which motion, form, or both are specified. Choreography may also refer to the design itself. A choreographer is one who creates choreographies by practicing the art of choreography, a process known as choreographing. Choreography is used in a variety of fields, including cheerleading, cinematography, gymnastics, fashion shows, ice skating, marching band, show choir, theatre, synchronized swimming, cardistry, video game production and animated art. In the performing arts, choreography applies to human movement and form. In dance, choreography is also known as dance choreography or dance composition.

The word choreography literally means "dance-writing" from the Greek words "χορεία" (circular dance, see choreia) and "γραφή" (writing). It first appeared in the American English dictionary in the 1950s, and "choreographer" was first used as a credit for George Balanchine in the Broadway show On Your Toes in 1936. Before this, stage credits and movie credits used phrases such as "ensembles staged by", "dances staged by", or simply "dances by" to denote the choreographer.

Choreography (dance)

In dance, choreography is the act of designing dance. Choreography may also refer to the design itself, which is sometimes expressed by means of dance notation. A choreographer is one who designs dances. Dance choreography is sometimes called dance composition.

Aspects of dance choreography include the compositional use of organic unity, rhythmic or non-rhythmic articulation, theme and variation, and repetition. The choreograhic process may employ improvisation for the purpose of developing innovative movement ideas. In general, choreography is used to design dances that are intended to be performed as concert dance.

The art of choreography involves the specification of human movement and form in terms of space, shape, time and energy, typically within an emotional or non-literal context. Movement language is taken from the dance techniques of ballet, contemporary dance, jazz dance, hip hop dance, folk dance, techno, k pop, religious dance, pedestrian movement, or combinations of these.

Choreography (disambiguation)

Choreography may refer to:

  • Choreography, the process and result of designing movement sequences
  • Choreography (dance), the process and result of designing dances
Choreography (Lauren Hoffman album)

Choreography, released in 2006, is the third studio album by the American singer/songwriter Lauren Hoffman. For its production and recording, she worked with Cracker's's David Lowery, who also produced her first EP in 1999, A Harmless Little Kiss. Consistent with her previous work, the album conveys an overall dark, moody atmosphere, as a result of its lyrical qualities, production, and variety of instruments, including prominent accordion, pump organ, cello, and piano parts throughout its tracks.

Choreography (Vanessa-Mae album)

Choreography is a Vanessa-Mae album featuring work by Vangelis, Bill Whelan, A. R. Rahman, Tolga Kashif, and Walter Taieb. She performs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

"Emerald Tiger" is a composition by Riverdance's Whelan, a sort of Irish/Asian fusion. "Raga's Dance", by Indian Composer A. R. Rahman, is a piece that mixes Carnatic instruments and vocals to a large symphonic orchestration. "Bolero for Violin and Orchestra" is a tribute to Ravel's Boléro, and it features a darbuka. "Tribal Gathering" is a minimalist composition in the vein of John Adams but with a live Afro percussion rhythm beneath. "Bolero", "Tango de los Exilados", and "Tribal Gathering" were composed by the European composer Walter Taieb (The Alchemist's Symphony). The track "Handel's Minuet" was produced by Vanessa-Mae, and is the first, and currently only, track she has ever produced for one of her own albums.

Usage examples of "choreography".

The prisoner wore his hair in greasy cornrows and slept on the floor with his back to Tom, and whenever he rearranged his limbs, which was often, he reminded Tom of a zoo animal, almost no trace left of pride in his movements, a languid choreography of animal defeat, a slack heavy lifer in his thirties or early forties with raised gray burn scars on his back and shoulders and silver psoriatic elbows.

Precision choreography, again and again, as cells divided, normally now, and the one-celled ova became two-celled, four-celled, eight-celled.

The homeless people and hookers and three-card monte players and kids were having a great time watching the slick choreography of the men and women from the dozen or so fire trucks on the scene.

There, see, in annotated ivory tools, lengths of notched wood, in the wave-guide manipulation of light and our nosings into the choreography of protons, we implicate ourselves in endless uncertainty.

As he spoke he began the sacred choreography, briskly striding from one end of the chancel rail to the other, bent forward at the hips, half turned toward the nave.

Temul immediately launched into a complex choreography, the blade blurring in his hand.

The ghostly firmament, constantly shifting to some instinctive choreography, hummed down to her as the massed creatures chatted at one another.

But it's a ballsy fight-scene up there on the stage having been intricately choreographed by an Oriental guy Himself rented from some commercial studio and put up in the HmH, who ate like a bird and smiled very politely all the time and didn't have even a word to say to anybody, it seemed, except Avril, to whom the Oriental choreographer had cottoned right off balletic and full of compelling little cornerings and near-misses and reversals, and the theater's audience is rapt and clearly entertained to the gills, because they keep spontaneously applauding, as much maybe for the film's play's choreography as anything else which would make it more like spontaneously meta-applauding, Hal supposes because the whole fight-scene has to be ingeniously choreographed so that both combatants have their respectively scaly and cream-complected backs155 to the audience, for obvious reasons .

The program consisted of Polovetsian Dances, Sleeping Beauty with Petipa's ambitious choreography, and the Valse Triste, which Madame Lara had rehearsed.

Already ingenious choreography mingles the pas assemblés of the slipper-dancers with the sweeping pas jetés of male flames.

Investigators did their best to reconstruct the movementswho stood where, who shot whom, who died firstbut on paper it's impossible to describe the choreography of terror that morning.

When the next monster Bronwyn tried to engage pranced four paces back, four forward, and chased its forked tail three times in succession, and the half-griffin to its right bowed and repeated its movements, she sensed Carole's fine choreography at work.

Today he didn't strut back and forth along the chancel rail in the sacred choreography, nor did he stab fingers at his listeners.

On Harlan's World, streetlife has a stripped-back elegance to it, an economy of motion and gesture that feels almost like choreography if you're not used to it.

The blackness of the shaped shadows cast by the hard rocks danced together in wild choreography as the arclights swept round them.